When a consultant mentions Botox, a patient may immediately think – it’s cosmetic. But that’s not always the case. Botox injections are greatly versatile and are an excellent resource of treatment for conditions such as a weak bladder.
Although Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is an excellent tool to help with bladder issues, it’s not the first-in-line to treat patients. More conservative measures may need to take place, such as, bladder retraining, strengthening and medication – obviously this depends on the condition of the patient's bladder and what is best for each individual.
Our bodies are made up of electrical impulses and they live throughout your nerves. Botox is able to block the transmission of these electrical impulses and stop them from contracting, which causes muscle paralysis. Usually, the Botox lasts up to 12 weeks as our bodies while the body makes new receptors.
Botox is suitable for patients of symptoms of overactivity in the bladder such as, urgency, frequency and leakage.
A small telescope is passed through the urethra and into the bladder, using a fine needle the Botox is injected in the bladder muscle in about 15-20 places. The procedure will take no more than 10 minutes and can be done under a local or general anaesthetic if necessary. This procedure does not require the patient to stay overnight in the hospital.
The effects of the drug will usually take up to 3 days to fully be noticeable and can last a couple of months, the procedure can be repeated once it wears off.
There are some side effects to this treatment such as a UTI’s and blood passing in the urine.
To discuss this treatment in more detail please don’t hesitate to give our office a call.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.